Castle Towers will unveil the first stage of its multi-year transformation on Thursday 5 December, with 53 stores including more than 20 new retailers. There will be 45 outlets commencing trading in December with an additional 8 stores to open from early 2020.

The redevelopment coincides with the new underground pedestrian tunnel that connects the shopping centre with the Castle Hill metro station and bus interchange.

Castle Towers centre manager, Eddie Paynter said, “Recognising and responding to the evolving needs of the Hills district, the new lifestyle hub will offer a best-in-class selection of brands for our loyal customers across food and dining, homewares, tech and services, with an improved offering of everyday retail.”

New to Castle Towers will be plant and homewares lifestyle retailer, Gro Urban Oasis, offering a range of in-store workshops, including potting and planting demonstrations, as well as an in-store terrarium and advice about growing indoor gardens.

Flower Train will open its second Sydney store in Castle Towers with more than 45 varieties of fresh cut flowers, designed bouquets, potted plants, terrariums and gifts.

What’s Cooking Home is opening its latest concept store – more than double the size of its existing Sydney stores – with the best cookware brands, in addition to specialty homewares and gifts, including occasional furniture, themed decorations and Glasshouse candles.

Castle Towers will build on its beauty offering with the introduction of the Aveda hair salon Tribe Lifestyle and Indulge Nails and Spa.

Leading sneaker destination, Hype DC, will also open in Castle Towers with a curated collection of premium, short run releases and timeless classics.

A larger and new-format Mecca store has opened and global apparel retailer, Uniqlo, will be opening its doors for the first time in Castle Towers just ahead of Christmas.

A number of retailers have relocated to the ground floor hub, including Chemist Warehouse, JB Hi-Fi, Sony and The Reject Shop, with an expanded footprint and product offer, alongside new addition Price Attack.

Stores scheduled to open in 2020 include Wheel & Barrow, Nextra Newsagency, Bupa Dental, Miracle Supermarkets, Chop Butchery, Nuts Galore and Starbucks. FreshWorld is currently in a temporary location and will also open its new store next year.